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Round cairn 420m north-west of Uplaw Knowe

A Scheduled Monument in Alwinton, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.374 / 55°22'26"N

Longitude: -2.1471 / 2°8'49"W

OS Eastings: 390774.854001

OS Northings: 608896.923903

OS Grid: NT907088

Mapcode National: GBR F6F9.YD

Mapcode Global: WHB0D.Z6Q2

Entry Name: Round cairn 420m north-west of Uplaw Knowe

Scheduled Date: 29 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008277

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25018

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Alwinton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Details

The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of prehistoric date
situated on a level saddle on a narrow ridge above the Alwinton Burn. It
measures 5.5m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 0.6m high.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

The round cairn north-west of Uplaw Knowe survives well. The importance of the
momument is increased by the survival of two further cairns and a Bronze Age
cross dyke in the immediate vicinity; taken together they provide a clear
indication of the extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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NT 90 NW 13,

Source: Historic England

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